Saturday 23rd February

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Blood, sweat and tears – UFC Fight Night at the O2 Arena

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Go and see the Ultimate Fighting Championship, they said.  You’ll love it.  It’s the hottest ticket in town.  Well, for much of Saturday Fight Night at a packed O2 Arena, I wasn’t sure.  There were too few knockouts.  Too much grappling, too little drama.  Too many irritants with topknots sitting around me making moronic wolf noises for no discernible reason.

Then came the main event: British middleweight Michael Bisping against Brazilian Anderson Silva, regarded by many as the greatest fighter ever to have entered an Octagon.  Despite my scepticism, the pair put on a contest that fans of the sport will never forget: a topsy-turvy five rounds of controversy that continued up to the moment the judges’ decisions were announced.

Finally, I could see what all the fuss was about and maybe – just maybe – I’d consider going again.

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Category: Special Events
Marvel

Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble at the 02 Arena

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

In September this year, Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble will take over the 02 Arena.  Each generation has its own set of fads, but some things remain constant: kids – and their parents – love super heroes.  That’s why cinemas are packed to the rafters whenever an Avengers or Spider-Man movie comes to town.  And why you can’t walk into a toyshop without tripping over a 12-inch plastic Hulk or Iron Man action figure.  Because the big boys, DC and Marvel, know that whatever they produce will get snaffled up.

But here’s the thing: with great power, comes great responsibility … to entertain, to do something different, to open children’s eyes to something their parents never experienced.

To this end, Marvel think that they’ve hit the jackpot: a live, action-packed arena performance by its favourite creations – Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Black Widow – taking on their hateful enemies before your very eyes.

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Category: Kids